Total loan: $2,250

Mary's Group

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NDHIWA, Homa Bay County, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To reduce the burden of water-borne diseases by providing access to safe drinking water via chlorine dispensers.

Mary's Group's story

Mary is 60 years old, has 3 children, and lives in Kakur A village in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Kakur A village does not have a piped water supply, so the community collects their water from Ka-Mary well. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases, meaning that Mary and her family may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school. Mary works as a peasant farmer, but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Mary and 4 other promoters in her community, including Eunice, Plister, Jemima and Emilly need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Mary will encourage the community to treat their water with the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Mary wants to be a promoter because she believes that the dispenser will help to prevent water-borne diseases in the community. The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) on behalf of the community, through the sale of carbon credits. Using the chlorine dispenser generates carbon credits by avoiding the need to boil water to make it safe to drink. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce their carbon footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Mary’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.